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definition of the word tell

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English tellan

Infinitive
to tell

Third person singular
tells

Simple past
told

Past participle
told

Present participle
telling

to tell (third-person singular simple present tells, present participle telling, simple past and past participle told)

  1. (transitive or ditransitive) To narrate.
    I want to tell a story.
    I want to tell you a story.
  2. (transitive) To pass information by speech.
    You should tell her that you love her.
  3. (transitive) To instruct or inform.
    Tell him to go away.
    Please tell me the time.
  4. (intransitive) To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.
    Can you tell whether those flowers are real or silk, from this distance?
    No, there's no way to tell.
  5. (intransitive) To have a marked effect
    The mace dealt a telling blow to his right shoulder.
  6. To count or enumerate (see teller)


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